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Windows Game Programming For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7645-1678-8
450 pages
October 2002
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The multimedia and computer-games industry has exploded in recent years.  Games have gotten incredibly sophisticated—and incredibly entertaining. The programs used to create them have improved also, to the point that you don’t necessarily have to be a nerd deluxe to do it yourself. Even so, game programming can be challenging—even if you’re a veteran C/C++ programmer and licensed technogeek. Challenging, sure…but also incredibly cool.

Using DirectX—the latest and greatest technology for making games on PCs—Windows Game Programming For Dummies will help you write just about any 2D game you can conjure. Now updated to cover new DirectX and Windows releases, your friendly yellow-and-black companion will show you:

  • The basics of video game design
  • The nuts and bolts of Windows programming
  • How to work with DirectX—and play with DirectDraw
  • How to make a real game, with an actual, step-by-step example
  • How to market your mind-blowing new creation
  • The ten biggest mistakes made by game programmers—and how to avoid them

From graphics to sound to input and installation, legendary game developer and Xtreme Games CEO André LaMothe takes you right into the guts of the game—in an entertaining style that won’t send you retreating to the nearest joystick. André’s witty, he’s tons of fun, and before you know it he’ll have you up to speed on:

  • Setting up your game programming workstation
  • Getting into DirectDraw: animation techniques, bitmaps, color keying, and more
  • Adding Direct X subsystems such as DirectSound, DirectInput, and AutoPlay
  • Getting your hands dirty by making a real game
  • The physics of asteroids and other flying objects: time, velocity, force, and all that
  • Game programming websites, downloads, 3D engines, usenet groups, and more!
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Chapter 1: Setting Up for Windows 9x/XP/2000 Programming.

Chapter 2: Exploring the Basics of Video Game Design.

Chapter 3: The Nuts and Bolts of Windows 9x/XP/2000 Programming.

Chapter 4: How to Handle Big Events.

Chapter 5: Putting Windows GDI to Work: Drawing Text and Graphics.

Chapter 6: Wrapping Up Windows 9x/XP/2000 Programming.


Chapter 7: The Architecture of DirectX and the Dreaded COM.

Chapter 8: Getting to Know DirectDraw.

Chapter 9: Using the DirectDraw Crayons.

Chapter 10: Digging into DirectDraw: Animation and Bitmaps.

Chapter 11: Digging Deeper into Direct Draw: Advanced Features.

Chapter 12: The GPDUMB Game Engine, Part I.

PART III: The Rest of the Puzzle: SOUND, INPUT, AND SET UP.

Chapter 13: Making Noise with DirectSound.

Chapter 14: The Ins and Outs of DirectInput.

Chapter 15: Click OK to Install: Using DirectSetup & Autoplay.

Chapter 16: GPDUMB Part II-The Final Conflict.

Chapter 17: What goes Up Must Come Down: Physics Modeling.

Chapter 18: Putting the Game Engine to Work with Underworld.

Chapter 19: Marketing Your Madness.


Chapter 20: Ten Basic Rules of Game Design.

Chapter 21: Ten Biggest Mistakes Game Programmers Make.

Chapter 22: Ten Best Game Programming Resources on the Web.




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André LaMothe is CEO of Xtreme Games, a leading game developer, and the author of many bestselling game books, including The Black Art of 3D Game Programming.
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The Underworld Challenge

The Underworld Challenge

A message from André LaMothe, author of Windows® Game Programming For Dummies®

As with all my books, I like to create some sort of contest or other impetus to get you to write a game from scratch or modify a game that I provide. In keeping with tradition, here's a little contest for you: Improve Underworld as much as you can and send me your game. On January 1 of every year until the year 2005, I will select a winner from all the submissions, send the winner $100 (in U.S. funds), and put the winning game up on my Web site for all to see and download.

To enter the contest, simply send me your game on a disk or CD with a self-addressed envelope to the following address:

Xtreme Games LLC
Attention: The Underworld Challenge Contest
P. O. Box 641744
San Jose, CA 95164-1744

Or you can upload it to me at: necron@slip.net or necron@inow.com

I won't send back anything if you lose, but I will if you win!

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